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Grateful Dead Live at Cumberland County Civic Center on 1982-09-17

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Grateful Dead Live at Cumberland County Civic Center on 1982-09-17

Topics Live concert

Bertha-> Promised Land, Candyman-> CC Rider, Althea, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Dupree's Diamond Blues, It's All Over Now, West L.A. Fadeaway, Throwing Stones, Deal Touch Of Gray-> Women Are Smarter, High Time, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Spanish Jam-> The Other One-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Morning Dew-> Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Cumberland County Civic Center
Location Portland, ME

Source Audience Recording: Nak CM300's
Lineage Master FOB Audience Cassette > Nak CM300 mics > Sony D5: master cassetteplayed back via a Nakamichi DR-1 > HHB 850 > EAC for DAE to Harddrive >CEP > CDWave > CDRWin > Yamaha CR8424 CDR
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Master FOB Audience Cassette > Nak CM300 mics > Sony D5: master cassette
played back via a Nakamichi DR-1 > HHB 850 > EAC for DAE to Harddrive >
CEP > CDWave > CDRWin > Yamaha CR8424 CDR; via S. Clugston, L. Revell


Reviewer: happytrails - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2015
Subject: Wowser (did I really just write that?)
I was here/there/where?
This is a stellar audience recording that I found reference to on one of the SBD reviews…Thanks to that gentleman and scholar!
Not just that but a far better show, in fact excellent, than I would have suggested. But for those calling this best o' the year, I would direct you to Manor Downs in Austin. and I'm partial to the Red Rocks shows from that year, my personal shows number 3, 4 and 5, not necessarily in that order! Oh, wait….
Regardless, quite nice!!
Reviewer: Sedula - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2010
Subject: Best 2nd Set of the 80's??
While this is a good show, to say that this is the best 2nd Set of the 80's is quite silly. Any set with Women Are Smarter/Sugar Mag and a Useless Blues Encore, in my mind, does not qualify as one of the best of the decade.

I saw some great second sets, but if they played US Blues or a Dayjob encore it just kind of put a damper on the whole set.

The show is quite good overall.
Reviewer: Furthurite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 9, 2010
Subject: My First Show!!!!
Yeah baby first Dead show ever. It was all down hill from here on and I mean that in a good way. First for a couple of different things (wink) Thank You Good Buddy...Hi to Rob S. you know who you are. Gman in Seattle
Reviewer: farfromme83 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2009
Subject: Set 2 - the Best!!!
Hands down the best Grateful Dead second set of the 80s and perhaps of all time. Didnt go to this show but it would be the one I would go back to if I had a time machine. Touch>Woman are smarter is unreal....Best High Time ever played....estimated>eyes is great and the seamless spanish jam>Other One>GDTRFB>morning dew>sugar mag....WOW...this set is so tight.
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2006
Subject: wow
had this second set for a while. 12 tunes in the first set and a sweet second stanza. The Touch is a work in progress. I have had the aud. recording and the band starts noodling before going into TOO and the whole crowd starts chanting "phil" for him to drop the bomb. When he does the place goes nuts.

love it.
4 1/2 stars
Reviewer: smgarcia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 17, 2006
Subject: Good sound for FOB
This is a good audience recording, a 4 of 5 star caliber. One of the better NAK FOB's that I have heard. You can hear the crowd but it doesn't dilute the sound.
Reviewer: bartolomongiello - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 7, 2006
Subject: Best Show I Ever Saw
Small Crowd. Deadheads only. Great energy. Brent did not have a mic set up during the show. Jerry rocked.
Reviewer: tivo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2006
Subject: crisp and clean... like the cool new england fall air...
Very nice performance by the band. Based on what little crowd noise there is, it sounds like the whole situation was very kind...mmm...mmm...mmmmm....
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 5, 2006
Subject: I checked that little extra rip at
3:13. Pretty sweet. Funny how we notice the little nugets within his solos.

Sound isn't par with show.
Reviewer: fenario80 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2005
Subject: Very Nice
Very nice recording of a damn fine '82 show- the new songs sparkle & the second set home stretch is among the very finest I ever had the privilege of shaking my skinny little butt to. I mostly listen to 73-77 these days, but only saw them between 79-83, and always thought this was one of the best shows I'd seen. This recording confirmed that & brought back a lot of great memories. Thanks!
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2004
Subject: Great show a solid 5
I hooked up with some guys from CA after Saratoga in '83 and we listened to this Binhampton and UVM and I think Melkweg over and over... They drove all the way from LA for the Spring tour and were pretty convinced the West was the best... I just plopped Portland into the deck and said not so sure about that, after that they wanted everything from the East Coast they could get their hands on...

Where do you start here? Great Set I, Est>eyes all the way through to sugar mag is classic jamming and Jerry never bails he keeps stretching.. other one is a personal favorite and dew legendary... they played it a week later at the garden just as good and had only played this 8 x in 1982 this is prob the best.... spectrum garden and this....
Reviewer: lpenoza - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2004
Subject: Touch of Gray #2
I came to love Touch of Gray, maybe because I was at the Cap Center for the debut 2 nights before this, or maybe because it's just a great song. Upon listening to this 2nd public performance of Touch, I had my breath taken away by a little lick Jerry made during the solo at about the 3:13 mark where he takes the line up high for a brief moment. So very pretty and delicate, like a flower opening up for the first time in the dewy morning sunshine. So many little moments to savor.
Reviewer: mid-maine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2004
Subject: FINALLY
wow, thanks to archive, i can now have this lovely fob of my FIRST SHOW!!! thanks guys.

skipping school by hook and crook, my sister, a buddy and i drove to portland, and revelled in the scene: very mellow, very stoney, chill gravel lot, much mingling. tickets were like 9.50 or something, we'd bought them a couple of weeks before at the mall (hah!).

inside the show, it was intense, a little overwhelming for this kid at the time. all three of us, of course, got separated, and i seemed to run into everyone i knew from a variety of places. odd.

the fob captures the energy of the crowd and is UP FRONT sounding. for my tastes, the audience is preferable.

my first roommate in college had a copy of this which i immediately taped. i wore that and a variety of other sources out. sure, there's the chauvanism of having attended, but there seems to be a unique sound during this show. brent has an '82, almost country-western piano sound for much of the night; phil is fairly active for the heineken years, especially during the second set; jerry is on fire. at the end of his deadbase review, john scott wrote, "well, maybe it's just maine," but i kid you not, it still stands out as a unique one.

not a bad first show: the first throwing stones, high energy high time, killer space with phil thunder, quick, but decisive spanish jam, crackly other one, bubbly goin' down the road, phat morning dew, solid rocker sugar mags, don't know what more i could have asked for as the summer in maine wound down but u.s. blues.

of course, at the time, i didn't know all the songs, but hearing "california" (my regular misnomer) ÃÂÃÂ a tune that i'd spun often off my brother's vinyl copy of terrapin ÃÂÃÂ made my spine shiver. i had to sit down at one point, not even believing it was real.

all in all solid work from the boyz. five stars for the novelty of the first (and first set) throwin' stones, early west l.a. with extra lyrics, second (and rockin') touch, high time and all of post-drums. inmho, you've got to hear the WILD energy of the audience during phil's space-bomb to appreciate this one. you won't be disappointed.
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